Sunday February 11th, 2007
CBK, Mangala moot new political
In a dramatic turn of events, ousted Minister Anura Bandaranaike
is likely to stake a claim for the Premiership, informed
political sources told The Nation yesterday.
It is likely that the UNP, TNA and JVP will reach some kind of
understanding with dissenting members of the government, to
muster the support of 113 members to send a petition to
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, claiming the premiership for
Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera who is on an overseas tour
is in Singapore en route to London, will now return to Sri Lanka
to do the necessary spadework for the deal.
“Glad to be out of this carnival of
clowns” - Anura
Former Minister of National Heritage Anura Bandaranaike claimed
he was relieved to no longer be a part of the government,
following President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to sack three
of his Ministers late Friday.
Speaking to The Nation yesterday, Bandaranaike said that he was
happy to no longer be a part of the ‘carnival of clowns’ that is
this government and is relieved to be absolved of responsibility
for all of the nation’s ills.
“There is no cause for removal and personally I am delighted
that I am not a part of this carnival of clowns.
|Peace pact a mistake: Mahinda
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an interview with BBC
News, had said that the Sri Lankan government’s peace
pact with the LTTE was a mistake: “Today we realise we
have made a mistake. Through the peace pact, we’ve
demarcated areas called LTTE controlled areas, and they
have taken the rights of the people through this pact.
President takes it all
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the custodian of 90
statutory bodies coming under the purview of the four
ministries he heads while some Cabinet Ministers have
only two or three department under them.
President takes it all
Mahinda Rajapaksa is the custodian of 90 statutory
bodies coming under the purview of the four ministries
he heads while some Cabinet Ministers have only two or
three department under them.
What will the government do?
The hype generated by the much talked about report
presented by the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE)
to Parliament now seems to be dying a natural death with
several of the key officials found accountable in the
document, continuing in their respective positions of
authority unabated by any of the allegations levelled
Ban on filling storm water
retention areas next week
The Ministry of Urban Development will next week gazette
areas it has identified as sensitive storm water
retention areas in the Colombo Metropolitan and suburban
areas as part of its emergency measures to minimize
flooding due to rainstorms.
Allan Rock recommends
targeted measures against LTTE
Allan Rock, UN Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, in
his report to the Working Group of the UN Security
Council, on Friday, has recommended targeted sanctions
against the LTTE.
World Bank not satisfied with
Despite a long history of publicly funded targeted
welfare programmes, most such current programmes
including Samurdhi are well below potential in
protecting the consumption of the beneficiaries.
This was revealed in a World Bank Dissemination Workshop
held last week where World Bank report titled “Sri Lanka
Poverty Assessment” was presented.
TNA turns down President’s
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has rejected President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s invitation to join the government.
President Rajapaksa’s invitation to the TNA came in the
wake of his speech to the nation during the Independence
Day celebration on February 4.
|Implosion looms large
in the blue camp too
Rajapaksa’s presidential election victory has been
compared to S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s historic triumph
in 1956, in that he rallied together diverse
nationalist and left-of-centre forces to forge an
unlikely victory. However, in the context of the
SLFP, Rajapaksa’s victory is best compared to that
of Ranasinghe Premadasa’s win in 1989.
Mahinda, Anura cross swords
The sacking of two senior ministers from the cabinet of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa comes as a surprise to most people.
But a few knew that problems were brewing within the
government quarters for some time until it reached a
climax on Friday night.
A hasty decision by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to
trespass on a land already leased out to Russia is likely to
spark off a diplomatic row between Sri Lanka and Russia.
Arrests – follow the due process
The arrest of three activists of the Sri Lanka Railway trade
unions and its bi-monthly publication Akuna last week and the
subsequent incidents that took place has left many in utter
Target: LTTE leadership
Exactly a month back on January 11 to be precise, the United
Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon recommended that “targeted
measures be undertaken against LTTE political and military
leadership” for violation of children’s rights.
Vakarai II: Bringing civilians home
After living under the LTTE
yoke off and on for some two decades, the people of Vakarai will
soon be given a taste of what it is like to be administered by
the central government of Sri Lanka. Some two weeks after the
recapture of the key eastern area by government troops, the
authorities are moving frantically towards ensuring that some
16,000 people are resettled by the end of February.
Crossover confusion in House
in government with UNP reformists crossing over was reflected on
Tuesday when Parliament sat for the first time with the newly
sworn 52- member Cabinet.
Ranatunga on the decline of sports
Former Sri Lanka cricket captain turned politician Arjuna Ranatunga blamed
successive governments for the sad decline of sports in this country.
“Sometimes I feel that governments don’t identify Sports and Youth Affairs as an
important Ministry. Next to Finance and Health, Sports is the most important
Ministry, more than the other Ministries. Governments have not given a lot of
thought to sports and thereby not appointed proper persons to run it,” Ranatunga
told The Nation.
“Sport has given this country a lot of pride, a lot of identification.
Unfortunately for the last 10 years it has been on the decline, mainly because
of the people who have handled sports,” Ranatunga said.
Crushing a myth
The clanking of iron in gymnasiums these days suggests that club rugby players
are working hard to pack muscle on their physiques for the upcoming 2007 rugby
season. For the rugby players of Sri Lanka Air Force these routine sessions in
the gym will no longer be the same. Sri Lanka Air Force has made arrangements to
have its players trained by a professional in strength and conditioning, Talavou
“I don’t give a damn!” –
Anura lashes out
Just minutes before President Mahinda Rajapaksa
ousted three senior ministers from his cabinet, one of the victims of the
Presidential blow, former Minister of National Heritage Anura Bandaranaike gave
The Nation a no holds barred interview. An almost clairvoyant
Mr. Bandaranaike who knew nothing of the moves for his removal
at the time, said that if the President was planning to sack
him, he would be compelled to remove several others, including
his former Campaign Manager, Mangala Samaraweera. When asked
about the rumours pertaining to his impending removal, a
nonchalant Bandaranaike responded that he cared very little
about losing his non-portfolio that only gave him power over the
prehistoric remains at one museum in the country. If his
interview with this newspaper is any indication, Minister
Bandaranaike has decided to exit the cabinet all guns blazing
and determined to take on one who holds the highest office in
“The elephant has survived” - Ravi
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake says there has
been a calculated attack on the UNP by the government to bring about splits
within the party. He says even the recent crossovers of UNP MPs, was a
conspiracy engineered by the government.
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